Major Microsoft news is apparently coming at 1:30 PST. There is lots of speculation about what the news might be — especially given that it’s Gates and Ballmer running the announcement — with a big restructuring being high on the speculative
list. Watch the live feed here.
As a techie aside, the URL is a funky one, with a “MA” suffix, as opposed to the usual “PR” suffix. What does that mean?
[Update] The news is now out. Gates is transitioning (read: semi-retiring) over the next two years out of a day-to-day role at Microsoft, and Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie are being elevated to more senior roles. Strangely absent from the press release until the sixth paragraph is Steve Ballmer, at least in any more than a perfunctory description. Were I him, I would take it as an indication of weak support for his performance.